Video Surveillance and Social Control in a Comparative Perspective

1st Edition

Fredrika Björklund, Ola Svenonius

Routledge
Published May 21, 2015
Reference - 218 Pages - 2 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138920620 - CAT# Y202295
Series: Routledge Studies in Science, Technology and Society

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Summary

This edited collection reports the results of a comparative study of video surveillance/CCTV in Germany, Poland, and Sweden. It investigates how video surveillance as technologically mediated social control is affected by national characteristics, with a specific concern for recent political history. The book is motivated by asking what makes video surveillance "tick" in three very different cultural settings, two of which (Poland and Sweden) are virtually unexplored in the literature on surveillance. The selection of countries is motivated by an interest in societies with recent experiences of authoritarianism, and how they respond to the global trend towards intensified technical means of control. With thorough empirical studies, the book constitutes an important contribution to security studies, surveillance studies, and post-communist area studies.

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